Top 100 Road Trip Songs

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So, I just made a big ol’ road trip with my kids…and without my husband.  It was about an 11 hour drive, and that’s not including stops for a 2-weeks-potty-trained two-year-old, an overnight stay along the way, or the additional delay for the traffic ticket I got for “failure to switch lanes near an emergency vehicle” on the interstate.  (I knew that applied to police cars, firetrucks, and ambulances in route, but didn’t realize that when there are 3 cops parked in a row on one side of the interstate, and 2 parked on the other, that I should get out of the left lane and move to the right. So, Tifton, GA….this ragged feeling mommy after a full day of driving, does not dub you “Friendliest City” even though that’s what you like to call yourself.)

I’ll tell you what helped along the way though to pass the time….a good old fashioned mix tape.  It wasn’t an actual cassette tape (which would have been gloriously old-school) , but I had a great time on Spotify the day before I left creating a mix of songs that made the time fun.  So I thought I’d share with you my…

Top 100 Absolutely Necessary Road Trip Songs

In no particular order, and I’m confident that I’ve forgotten a few additionally necessary ones, so you’ll have to please add your own few “can’t be missed” road trip songs in the comments section below.

  1. 1234 – Feist
  2. All For Believing – Missy Higgins
  3. Ants Marching – Dave Matthews
  4. Any Way You Want It – Journey
  5. Be Ok – Ingrid Michaelson
  6. 5 Years Time – Noah and the Whale
  7. Barely Breathing – Duncan Sheik
  8. Bittersweet – Big Head Todd and the Monsters
  9. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  10. California Dreamin’ – The Mamas and the Papas
  11. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
  12. Cecelia – Simon and Garfunkel
  13. Champagne High – Sister Hazel
  14. To Be With You – Mr. Big
  15. Cherry Pie – Warrant
  16. Closer to Fine – Indigo Girls
  17. Come Away with Me – Norah Jones
  18. Come to Jesus – Mindy Smith
  19. Cowboy Take Me Away – Dixie Chicks
  20. Dixieland Delight – Alabama
  21. Drops of jupiter – Train
  22. Dust on the Bottle – David Lee Murphy
  23. Eternal Flame – The Bangles
  24. Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
  25. Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  26. Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffet
  27. Geek in the Pink – Jason Mraz
  28. Go your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
  29. Green and Gray – Nickel Creek
  30. Heaven is a Place on Earth – Belinda Carlisle
  31. Here I Go Again – Whitesnake
  32. Hey Now – Dave Barnes
  33. Hold On – Alabama Shakes
  34. Hook – Blues Traveler
  35. Jacaranda Tree – Josh Garrels
  36. Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield
  37. Jezebel – Red Molly
  38. Jolene – Mindy Smith and Dolly Parton
  39. Killing Me Softly – The Fugees
  40. Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer
  41. Leaving on a Jet Plane – Peter, Paul, and Mary
  42. Life is a Highway – Rascal Flatts
  43. Little Goodbyes – SheDAISY
  44. Look Away – Chicago
  45. Love Story – Taylor Swift
  46. Lovers Lane – Squirrel Nut Zippers
  47. Manic Monday – The Bangles
  48. Material Girl – Madonna
  49. Misguided Angel – Cowboy Junkies
  50. November Rain – Guns N’ Roses
  51. Only Wanna Be With You – Hootie and the Blowfish
  52. Picture – Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow
  53. Put Your Records On – Corinne Bailey Rae
  54. Ready to Run – Dixie Chicks
  55. Rumor Has It – Adele
  56. Run Away – Sarah Jarosz
  57. Sample in a Jar – Phish
  58. Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root
  59. Strawberry Wine – Deana Carter
  60. Summer Nights – John Travolta and Olivia Newton John
  61. Shiny Happy People – R.E.M.
  62. Something Like That – Tim McGraw
  63. Sparrow – Audrey Assad
  64. Sweet Emotion – Aerosmith
  65. Sweet Jane – Cowboy Junkies
  66. The Joker – Steve Miller Band
  67. The Show – Lenka
  68. The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson
  69. The Wind – Zac Brown Band
  70. These Are The Days – 10,000 Maniacs
  71. These Arms of Mine – Otis Redding
  72. Thieves – She & Him
  73. Uptown Girl – Billy Joel
  74. Used to Be – Daughtry
  75. Vogue – Madonna
  76. Walk on the Ocean – Toad The Wet Sprocket
  77. Wanted Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi
  78. We Are – Kari Jobe
  79. We Are Young – Fun
  80. What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction
  81. Wildflowers – Tom Petty
  82. Wolfman’s Brother – Phish
  83. You and I – Ingrid Michaelson
  84. You Know I’m No Good – Amy Winehouse
  85. You’re Beautiful – James Blunt
  86. You’re the Inspiration – Chicago
  87. Complicated – Avril Lavigne
  88. Ironic – Alanis Morisette
  89. This Love – Maroon 5
  90. If You Want Me – Glen Hansard
  91. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
  92. My Prerogative – Bobby Brown
  93. Mack The Knife – Bobby Darin
  94. Wouldn’t It Be Nice – The Beach Boys
  95. Depende – Jarabe De Palo
  96. Stronger – Kelly Clarkson
  97. I’ll Be – Edwin McCain
  98. It Must Have Been Love – Roxette
  99. Hey Ya – OutKast
  100. Beautiful Things – Gungor

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  1. Lindsay says

    Great list but needs some beach music. My favs to add would be Carolina Girls by Chairman of the Board and Mustang Sally!

  2. says

    I think this would definitely win me over. I was in the middle of giving you some suggestions on FB the other day when you asked, but kid interception, or more like parent interception happened. Hope you’re having a good time!

  3. Ann K. says

    Found your list via a Google search. Great list!!! Driving 16 hours to FL next month with our 2 year old and this has so many great songs!!! Thanks!!!

  4. AndréB says

    This is a great list! It’s just a 4 hour drive (relocating) though. Will add some Jack Johnson songs to the list too…

  5. Julie says

    I would also add some from Jack Johnson (Upside Down), Passenger (Let Her Go & Life’s For The Living) or/and Ed Sheeran (U.N.I. and more), for example… Acoustic songs are awesome for road trips… Well, my opinion ;) xx

  6. AnonymousMe says

    I can’t believe you forgot Sweet Home Alabama and Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd. And how you forgot bands like Kansas, Styx, Poison, Boston… jeez… -_-

  7. Jorebungley says

    Hey there…

    Thanks so much for an awesome list…. have collected 75% of what you’ve suggested for my road trip this summer…

    God Bless

  8. Jorebungley says

    Oops, I forgot to add… “Tracy Chapman – Give me one more reason” is an absolute must to make this list complete

  9. Katie says

    Thank you so much! I have a bunch of road trips this summer and I have looked all over the internet for good ideas. Most of the ones I have found are either all oldies, all explicit or just all mellow songs. This is a perfect mesh! I’m loving it!


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